A Grand Chanukah Celebration of giving thanks will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. This year the local community will give thanks at the annual Grand Menorah Lighting.
Chanukah and Thanksgiving are deeply connected, and that connection can be summed up in just four words, "Thank G d, we're free." Such is the purpose of a community-wide celebration.
The Festival of Lights public Menorah lighting ceremony. The grand Chanukah celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27, at the Coralwood Shopping Center with the lighting of a chocolate coin menorah followed by music and more.
People of all ages will enjoy singing traditional Chanukah songs and music. Each year Chabad presents an exciting Chanukah program that is fun, educational and hands on. This year's event will feature a chocolate coin "gelt" filled menorah with chocolate themed crafts and treats.
This year, Thanksgiving and Chanukah come together. It only happened once before, in 1888. And it's impossible to determine when or if this will ever happen again. Thanksgiving has lots to do with Chanukah.
Thanksgiving comes packed with a deep narrative; a narrative about an arduous journey to escape religious persecution for freedom in a new land, the establishment of a democratic charter and the sense of Divine providence that carried those refugees through their plight. That's Chanukah, as well: a narrative deeply embedded in the collective Jewish psyche of how we fought back against religious oppression in our own land, earned our freedom and thanked G d for the miracles.
In America, most holidays have lost their original significance for most people. With Thanksgiving, that may not yet be the case. Americans still act as though they identify with the plight of those Pilgrims. Most of us, after all, are descendants of those who fled to this side of the planet seeking a new future unbridled by the oppressive restrictions of the old world. And when we think of America, we still think of a land of promise and liberty.
Join the community as we kindle the Menorah propagating the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness.
Public dignitaries and community leaders will attend the ceremony and will assist in kindling the chocolate filled "Menorah of Freedom".
Following the kindling, the program will feature music, hot latkes, traditional doughnuts, Chanukah crafts and more.
This year will also feature a gift shop with Chanukah items.
Bring the kids and make this your special Chanukah celebration.
For additional information, contact the Chabad Jewish Center at 239-541-1777.